City of Cudahy Finance Director

Full-time
City of Cudahy

The Community and City Government 
Cudahy is in the Gateway Cities region of southern Los Angeles County. This region is known for its industrial and manufacturing business sectors. Incorporated in 1960, Cudahy has a land area of just 1.18 square miles, making it the second smallest city in the county by land size. However, Cudahy has one of the highest population densities of any city throughout the United States with approximately 24,000 residents. The I-710 freeway provides easy access to downtown Los Angeles, coastal communities, and Orange County. 

As a general law city, Cudahy City operates under the council-manager form of government with a five-member City Council. Councilmembers are elected at large with four-year terms and the City Manager implements the Council’s direction by providing oversight and direction to departments. The City has a positive financial position with a total operating budget of $16.4 million in FY 2020-21. 

The Position  
The next Finance Director will effect positive change by modernizing the City’s Finance Department and continuing the momentum initiated by the new City Manager. The department is responsible for providing financial expertise and guidance to the Council and departments, managing the City’s fiscal operations, and maintaining its financial integrity. The Director leads financial planning and reporting of the financial affairs of the City and the Successor Agency; develops sound financial strategies for business decisions; provides the Council, City Manager, and other City officials with important financial information to inform decision making; and oversees the City’s financial resources to support its goals and operations. 
The Finance Director reports to the City Manager and is an integral part of the City’s leadership team. The Director is supported by a senior accountant, an accountant, a purchasing/grants coordinator, and a shared management analyst. 

Under new leadership, the City is making progress reimagining how work is accomplished and integrating best practices to strengthen operations. The City Manager is looking for a new Finance Director who is committed to continuous improvement and implementing modern financial practices to enable the City to provide a high standard of services to the community. 

Key initiatives envisioned for the new Director include: 
  • Conducting a comprehensive review of City finances. 
  • Reimagining the budget process, including a new chart of accounts to reflect the new organizational structure. 
  • Developing City financial practices and policies using best practices in municipal finance. 
  • Overseeing the update of Tyler Technologies enterprise software for improved automation and transparency. 

Ideal Candidate 
  • Hands-on public finance professional inspired to transform the City’s fiscal systems. 
  • Creative thinker who is open to discovering new ways to solve old problems. 
  • Able to communicate complex financial concepts to non-technical audiences
 
Qualifications and Experience 
Qualified candidates will have a minimum of six years of experience of increasing responsibility in finance, including at least three years of equivalent experience as a finance director. A Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, economics, or related  discipline is required; a Master’s degree and/or CPA is preferred. 

Salary and Benefits 
Depending on qualifications, the salary range is $119,937 to $149,785, annually. The City of Cudahy offers an array of desirable benefits including a 4/10 work schedule; medical, dental, and life insurance; CalPERS participation; paid vacation and sick leave; and car allowance. 
 
To Be Considered 
A first review of applicants will occur on January 5, 2022.

Additional information and instructions for application is available at Management Partners.

Questions may be directed to Nancy Hetrick of Management Partners via email: nhetrick@managementpartners.com or 408-437-5400.